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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 8/3/44; Kearney 29/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall; with Irving Sainsbury, Co-pilot: John Mehner, Navigator: George Scanlon, Bombardier: Gerald Frost, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Bradick, Radio Operator: Howard Corwin, Ball turret gunner: Bert Heinly, Waist gunner: Doug Dalby, Waist gunner: Chas Zellars,Tail gunner: Paul O’Flaherty (10 Killed in Service); lost over Atlantic en route UK 9/4/44; Missing Air Crew Report 3634.



  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron


  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...


Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) North Atlantic Ocean 9 April 1944


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:09 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3634 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database